Jussi Björling, Jonas Kaufmann, French opera


When Jonas Kaufmann took part in the Stockholm concert celebrating the centennial of Björling’s birth in 2011, the solo scenes he performed—“L’addio alla madre” from Cavalleria rusticana, “In fernem Land” from Lohengrin and “Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci— were all associated with Jussi and the German tenor’s singing, though very different in timbre and technique from the Swede’s, offered a similar combination of emotional truthfulness, superior musicality and ease in modulation.

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